I admit I haven’t been reading much paranormal romance as of late. With the exception of Jeaniene Frost’s First Drop of Crimson, I haven’t been enjoying them much. I read a LOT of urban fantasy (adult and young adult). I can tell you now to mark your calendars for Ilona Andrew’s next Kate Daniels’ book. OMG does that story and book pay off big time for readers who’ve been following Curran. YUM! But I digress. When you get into reading urban fantasies it’s hard to go back to plots that revolve mainly around a romance. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I downloaded the sample chapters of Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley from Amazon. After reading the two (or one and a half) chapters, I was truly sucked in. The story is fast-paced and has a different approach to the whole ‘shifters coming out’ scenario (and it isn’t pretty). I really can’t tell you what it is about the book. (No, it’s not the Irish shifters–though they are pretty sexy.) I can’t put my finger on what gives it that extra oomph, but it has done something most paranormal romances these days haven’t accomplished–it’s kept me engrossed. I’m on chapter fourteen and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I was a little disappointed to learn that there wouldn’t be another book in the series until next year, but that’s just the way it goes. You can bet I’ll be picking it up the second it releases.
I mentioned this on Charlene Teglia’s site, but right now I’m reading Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley, Burnt Offerings by Laurell K. Hamilton, Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, and Blood Cross by Faith Hunter. I tend to read a lot of books at the same time, but I have put most of them aside while I finish reading Pride Mates and Burnt Offerings. I’ll go back to the rest once I finish them. Has any book surprised you recently? If so, what book and why?
This weekend I will be attending the Desert Dreams Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have a good line-up so it should be fun. I’m looking forward to mingling with other writers. It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten to do that.